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Jan. 7, 2016

Prenatal toxin exposure expert to headline OSU in Tulsa Research Day


Rebecca C. Fry, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will be the keynote speaker at the Oklahoma State University in Tulsa Research Day on Feb. 18-19 at OSU Center for Health Sciences.

Fry, an expert on prenatal toxin exposure, will speak at noon on Friday, Feb. 19 in D-107. She will discuss her research on how prenatal exposure to toxins results in detrimental health outcomes in children. She is specifically researching potential genetic alterations in children resulting from exposure to toxins during pregnancy.

OSU in Tulsa Research Day highlights the creative and innovative research projects undertaken by students, faculty and staff at OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa. A variety of disciplines are represented during the event, including biomedical sciences, anatomy and cell biology, engineering and more.

“Research Day is an opportunity for our student and faculty researchers to share with others the breadth of important studies that are ongoing at OSU,” said Amanda Benn, OSU-CHS health care administration program manager and Research Day organizer. “Last year, we had more research poster and oral presentation entries than since the event was launched in 2011. We hope this event continues to grow and flourish each year.”

The annual two-day event features oral research presentations and a research poster contest. Posters will be set up both days in Founders Hall.

OSU-CHS graduate students will compete in the Three-Minute Thesis preliminary contest at noon on Friday, February 18. The contest challenges master’s and doctoral students to present a compelling pitch of their thesis or dissertation topic and its significance in just three minutes using only one PowerPoint slide. The winner will compete against other OSU students on March 3 at the Student Union Little Theater in Stillwater.

In addition, high school juniors and seniors who participated in OSU-CHS’ Oklahoma Science Training and Research Students (OKstars) summer internship program also will present research and scientific posters during Research Day. The OSU-CHS OKstars program enables high school students to participate in cutting-edge research in biomedical and forensic sciences with professional researchers.

For more information on OSU in Tulsa Research Day, visit www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu/research/researchday/index.php. For more information, contact Benn by email at amanda.benn@okstate.edu or call 918-561-1402.

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